SNP fighting back against the gangs

SNP Candidate Cllr John Mason today visited the Global Glasgow Youth project at Cranhill Arts Centre which has received funding under the SNP Government's Cashback for Communities Scheme which takes the money from criminals and invests it in communities affected by crime.

Speaking at the project where Cllr Mason and SNP Leader Alex Salmond were shown images of trips taken by the young people and excerpts from a presentation exploring Scottish identity Cllr Mason said;

"Too often we talk down young people in Glasgow and across Scotland. The Global Glasgow project shows what can be achieved by young people in this constituency with the right support and encouragement.

"The SNP Government is on your side in Glasgow East taking real action against the gangs and troublemakers in the East End.

"Working with Strathclyde Police's Violence Reduction Unit, investing £200,000 in anti-gang work - £16,000 of which is being invested in Glasgow's East End and beefing up the Cashback for Communities scheme – seizing more of the assets of criminals in Scotland and investing them directly in the communities they affect.

"Alongside that we are putting real bobbies on the beat with the first 150 of the SNP Government's 1000 new police officers already through their training and police numbers in Strathclyde increasing by 700 in the next eighteen months.

"The SNP is working for the East End delivering more police and safer streets."

Notes:

1. Cranhill Arts Project has received £4,730. from the cashback for Communities Scheme.

2. Cashback for Communities has so far invested over 100,000 in youth projects in Glasgow.

Background:

Global Glasgow Youth Project is a voluntary youth organisation that offers opportunities to young people throughout Glasgow to use arts to engage in youth dialogue - locally, nationally and internationally.

It is based at the Cranhill Arts Project which has received funding as part of the Cashback for Communities Scheme.

CashBack For Communities was launched by Kenny MacAskill in January 2008. This is a new flagship programme of young people's activity funded from assets seized through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The young people who participate in 2GYP are aged 16 – 19 come from a broad range of backgrounds in terms of socio-economics, faith, educational attainment and have many challenges facing them as they attempt to transition successfully to further/higher education, employment or training.

F468 Cranhill Arts Project £4,730

Over the past 27 years Cranhill Arts has developed a highly successful annual series of workshops classes and courses which have been devised in response to the needs and wants expressed by local young people from the Greater Easterhouse, Calton and East areas of Glasgow, communities with high social exclusion indicators.

Our current program of work for young people during 2008/09 includes

• Photography
• Digital Photography
• Ceramics
• Visual Art
• Jewellery Making
• Junior Arts and Crafts
• Basic IT Skills
• Glaswegins.org.uk on line photographic archive